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If you know me, then you know I love nothing more than a sale! Here’s a glimpse into my Sephora Friends and Family Sale haul…

The holidays are approaching, which means I bought another Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream to gift my grandma. She’s 92 and on a mission to eliminate her wrinkles overnight, and she swears this hyaluronic acid and vitamin E-infused moisturizer works wonders.

The Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Foundation is as gorgeous as everyone says it is: It feels weightless and truly looks like skin. But it is incredibly pricey, so I restocked during the sale, bringing the price from a painful $69 to a slightly less painful $55.

I recently discovered the Kosas Revealer Concealer, and I am absolutely in love with it. It offers medium-to-full coverage with a satin finish that minimizes texture but feels hydrating. I am so excited to have a backup!

The new Rare Beauty Soft Pinch Liquid Blush 3-Piece Set includes one of my favorite blush formulas in three beautiful shades. ‘Encourage’ is a neutral mauve, ‘Happy,’ is a bright cool-toned pink, and ‘Truth’ is a limited-edition plum. Each is pigmented and long-lasting.

As soon as I swatched the Rare Beauty Stay Vulnerable Melting Cream Blush in ‘Nearly Nude,’ I fell in love with the warm-toned terracotta nude shade. The unique cream-to-powder formula, however, isn’t as pigmented as I’d like it to be.

The Makeup By Mario MoistureGlow Plumping Lip Serums are the most unique formula—essentially a lip gloss in stick form. I already have ‘Mauve Glow,’ and now I have ‘Nude Glow,’ which is a stunning, high-shine pale nude. These are perfect for wearing on their own or on top of a more matte lip combo.

I cannot get enough of nude lip liners lately, so I wanted to see if the Make Up For Ever Artist Color Pencil in ‘Wherever Walnut’ is worth the hype. The formula is comfortable yet long-lasting. This is a beautiful rosy move and almost an exact match of one of my favorites: MAC ‘Whirl.’

I’ve heard such great things about the Pat McGrath Permagel Ultra Lip Pencils, so I had to try ‘Contour’ and ‘Structure.’ Both are stunning nudes, and I am obsessed with the formula!

Thank you to everyone who shares their friends and family sale links; I’m eternally grateful!

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